For more than half a century, the Graham family has waged a quiet battle against North Texas's bugs. First opened by Buck and Polly Graham a few years after the end of World War II, the business has passed from generation to generation. Perhaps the company has survived so long because it's determined to earn customers' loyalty honestly; that's why its technicians provide no-contract service. Another reason is that Graham Pest Control knows where to turn for assistance. The company employs a certified entomologist, who can help battle bedbugs and other critters by blowing their puny minds with an explanation of the scientific method.
Culinary Connection curates handmade home goods and recycled sculptures. An Italian handmade Medici dinner plate with painted fleur-de-lis ($40) makes a bold statement while also making up for a chef's poor pronunciation of italian pastas. Sparkling home decor includes candles ($33–$329) and candle holders ($48–$78) and hand-blown glass decanters ($75 each), which can aerate an entire bottle of wine in two minutes. And on the purely aesthetic end, a one-of-a-kind Baby Longhorn yard stake ($29)—constructed out of recycled metal—adds orange hues to any yard, garden, or low-maintenance petting zoo.